IES Abroad’s mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. That is why we partnered with the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
Conservatorium van Amsterdam
The Conservatorium van Amsterdam takes full advantage of Amsterdam’s established reputation in music to offer outstanding instruction in classical and jazz music performance, theory, and composition. The Conservatorium is dedicated to upholding superior standards of teaching, performing, and creating music through a highly-individualized course of study. It aims to train you to become a versatile musician at the highest level of professional musicianship. If you wish to study at the CvA, you should be a strong Performance, Composition, or Theory major with the motivation and intention to become a professional musician, a music scholar, or a composer.
A member of the Amsterdam School of the Arts, the CvA was originally established as the Amsterdam Conservatorium in 1884. The vast majority of courses at the CvA are taught in English.
In close consultation with our staff, you establish a personalized, full-time (15-credit) course of study that includes applied and theoretical aspects of music study with electives and optional courses. The mandatory practical component of the curriculum is a combination of one-on-one and small-group instruction.
Study includes highly-individualized lessons with a tutor and participation in an extensive chamber music and ensemble program, and culminates in final performances. Theoretical components aim at developing musical imagination and perception. Core subjects include offerings in ear training (aural skills courses), analysis, harmony, counterpoint, and composition.
CvA offers courses within the departments of Classical and Jazz:
- Brass Instruments
- Historical Instruments (Classical only)
- Improvisation (Jazz only)
- Piano and Other Keyboard Instruments
- String Instruments
- Woodwind Instruments
The elective component includes additional performance and theory options. Within both the Classical and Jazz departments, elective courses are available in:
- Chamber Music
- Continuo Playing and Directing Ensembles
- Ear Training
- Harmonic Analysis of the Piano
- Music and Social History (History of Western Music)
- Orchestra or Ensemble Projects (Big Band, Baroque Ensemble, Jazz Formations, Gameland Fusion Groups)
Optional IES Abroad Course
You can choose to enroll in a 2-credit CU 101 Dutch language and culture course at the IES Abroad Center
Designed by Frits van Dongen and opened in 2008, the CvA’s building includes recital halls, classrooms, practice rooms, and offices. The facility is located in the center of Amsterdam, across the street from the Muziekgebouw, the purpose-built home of contemporary music and jazz in Amsterdam.